One of the greatest joys for children is to mimic what grown-ups do, like driving! Battery powered ride-on cars can be expensive but are worth every penny when it comes to the development of a child’s psychomotor, cognitive, and social skills. With a wide variety of toy vehicles on the market, this buying guide will make it easy to choose the best one for your little one(s).
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12V Ride-on Toys
A ride-on is the ultimate birthday gift or Christmas present. Whatever you choose the occasion to be, make sure it’s a surprise! Maybe even catch their reaction on camera too! As a child, I’ve always dreamed of having my own toy car — a barbie jeep to be specific — and now that I’m a parent, I don’t want my girls to miss out on all the fun!
Not only is a ride-on great fun, it’s a great investment. Our Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV has a wide age range of 3-8 years, and a weight capacity of 130 pounds. And when your children finally grow out of it, you can easily resell it to another family.
Keep in mind when you have two children, the battery dies faster than with only one rider. I recommend purchasing a second battery to keep the fun going. Simply charge one while using the other.
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What to Look For in an Electric Ride-on Toy
When purchasing a battery powdered car, look at the battery voltage. A 12V (volt) or 24V battery, which means more power. The more weight it can handle and the more power it has over rough terrain. This is something to consider if you have a larger property. If you live in the city and plan to have your kids ride on pavement and sidewalks, you can settle on less voltage. A ride-on with a more powerful battery will also have faster speeds which is great for country living. Ours goes up to 4 ½ mph!
Car, jeep, truck, or tractor? Most ride-on cars have wheels on the smaller side and are made of plastic. For better traction on grass and hard surfaces, go with a Jeep, like the Fisher Price Power Wheels, a truck like the GMC Sierra, or a tractor like the Peg Perego John Deere tractor.
Look for a ride-on that has a two speed shifter with reverse. Like our John Deere Gator two seater, it has a second speed lockout, which means parents can keep the car on low speed as an option for beginner drivers or for safety.
Some electric toy cars have flashy features like MP3 player connection and speakers, pre-programmed songs, LED lights, and more. This depends on your child’s preference, but we based ours on functionality. With a sporty look and dump in the back that has it’s own weight capacity, we personally chose the Gator’s rugged features over anything else. How sweet it is when they gather sticks and twigs in the back and transport their load to the fire pit. I love it!
The Top Ten Battery Powered and Electric Ride-on Toys
10. Power Wheels Fisher-Price Barbie Jammin’ Jeep Wrangler (2 seats)
9. Best Choice Products 12V Ride On Car Truck (1 seat)
8. Best Choice Products ATV Quad (1 seat)
7. Peg Perego Polaris Outlaw (1 seat)
6. Peg Perego Polaris RZR 900 (2 seats)
5. KidsVip UTV Eva Edition (2 seats)
The Polaris Sportsman is pretty badass for you little ones! It’s sturdy, rugged and can go all the way up to 7 km/hour! This 2020 two seater also made it to number one because it’s flashy and modern, being monochrome with its white and black exterior. Plus, so many neat features the kids will love. It has all of the features as the John Deere Gator plus the sound features like the MP3 player, bluetooth, leather seats, horn, LED lights, and it includes a remote with a “STOP” button for parents to control it.
I hope this list comes in handy for you when deciding what to buy. Now tell me, which one would your kids love?!